Roof Truss Manufacturer Launches Apprenticeship Scheme

TO MARK the start of National Apprenticeship week, Pasquill, a UK manufacturer and supplier of roof trusses, has launched its new apprenticeship scheme, funded by the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual
week-long celebration
that brings together employees and apprentices to celebrate the significant impact that apprenticeships can have on individuals and work places.

With the skills gap becoming an ever-growing concern within the roofing industry, Pasquill is recruiting two new Apprentice Designers in the first phase of the new scheme, with a view to take on a further candidates in the future.

Gaining qualifications along the way
Over the course of three years, trainees will work towards a Level 3 Engineering Design and Draughtsperson qualification from the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. A Level 3 BTEC certificate in Construction and the Built Environment is also included within the programme.

The roles will be based at Pasquill’s Design Centres, Huddersfield and Redhill, with off-site training at Barnsley College for periods of up to 10 weeks. This training will give apprentices the foundation, knowledge and skills required to their role. Pasquill also offers work experience for students who are still in full time education.

Jannette Walker, HR Manager of Pasquill said:Research shows a distinct lack of technical skills in the timber industry, with a 47% gap in the current workforce, and skills shortages reported at 70% from the pools from which companies recruit.

“What’s more, there is a lack of young people entering the sector and a higher proportion of older workers than other sectors. With this in mind, we are proud to launch our apprenticeship scheme that will help bridge the skills gap and give young people a headstart in their careers.

“Applicants don’t need any previous qualifications or experience – we are simply looking for candidates with the right attitude and a desire to learn more about technical design. On completion of the apprenticeship there will be further opportunities for the apprentices to learn and develop their career within Pasquill.”

For more information on Pasquill’s apprenticeship scheme contact Jannette Walker on 07717 856222, or email jannette.walker@pasquill.co.uk.  

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